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Student Packing Tips

After a long, hard academic year, the time to move all of your stuff out of your room can seem a daunting and near impossible task. It really doesn't need to be! There are just two main points to consider. The first of these is how exactly to pack your belongings, the second is how to transport them!

Use the Right Box

Extended transit can cause serious damage to property if it isn't packed properly, and yet there are some simple steps you can take to minimise this risk. It should go without saying that any boxes which are used for items of value should be reliable, sturdy and fit for purpose. The use of flimsy and unreliable boxes such as old cardboard boxes can cause damage to your belongings and could break at any moment. If you absolutely must use less sturdy boxes, then reserve these for highly durable items such as books, which have less chance of being damaged. Don't be tempted to place heavy items in less durable boxes. It is also a good idea to stack books rather than stand them on their end, the spines may become damaged. Remember that many items will need to be disassembled for easier transit. Items such as beds and other furniture should be taken apart in preparation. Smaller items such as lampshades can easily be removed and doing so will drastically reduce the chances of damage.

Protect your Items

When moving valuable items, protective material such as bubble wrap is an absolute necessity. It is relatively cheap and easy to acquire, and all items of any value should be protected. Whilst any spaces or gaps in boxes should be avoided whenever possible, if these need to be filled then bubble wrap or paper will suffice. However, it is important to remember to wrap each valuable item individually regardless of circumstance. During transit, frequent movement is inevitable and thus individual wrapping will prevent items from coming into contact with and damaging each other. It is also a good idea to mark boxes with the word 'fragile' to ensure that due care is taken at all times when handling items.

Take Special Care of your Electricals

Electrical items also need special dispensation when moving. Cables and wires should always be wrapped beforehand to prevent tangling. These should be wrapped carefully, using cable ties if possible. The trick is to wrap wires almost to, but not quite, maximum tension as this can also cause damage if too much pressure is put on them. Where possible, smaller electrical items such as laptops and computer devices should be placed in purpose built cases and holders to ensure safe transit. Where these are not available, a large amount of bubble wrap can prove adequate. Also consider what to pack alongside these items, as a little thought can prevent a great deal of damage. For example, do not pack laptops next to other valuable items such as crockery or glassware, instead pack some clothes next to each of these items to provide a secondary cushion and layer of protection. Wooden items also should be wrapped in sheets or bubble wrap to prevent scratching. Clothes and bed sheets should be cleaned before transit, to prevent unpleasant odours from spreading amongst your belongings. If this is not possible, ensure that any dirty items are wrapped up separately and are airtight.

Additional Considerations

If storing items for an extended period of time, then there are a number of additional considerations. Apply some form of rust preventative to metal items if possible. Consider whether the storage space you will be using is damp or poorly ventilated. Certain items such as clothing and electrical goods may not be suitable for extended storage in such conditions.

How to Transport

When transporting items to a van or other transit vehicle, place the heaviest items at the bottom. Be extremely careful when stacking boxes on top of each other, as transit can cause items to fall. Place only highly durable or non-valuable items in these higher positions. Also consider the placement of items inside the boxes themselves. Fragile items should be placed in the centre of boxes, not at the edges to provide additional protection.

Once everything's packed and ready, the only thing left to consider is where to keep it all! Thankfully, if there are no family or friends with the space to lend a hand, we offer storage for students over the summer period. With just a little thought and preparation, packing transporting and storing items is nowhere near as much of a headache as you might think!

Easistore Customer Reviews

No problems at all. Excellent staff and very well organised facility

12-Feb-2018

Very efficient, helpful and on the ball. Would recommend use to others.

05-Feb-2018

No hassle staff polite and helpful

Mr Thomas Patterson

29-Jan-2018

Efficient, prompt in reply, pleasant over phone, and in person. Clean, bright, modern office and reception facility. Keen for my business. "Free" van hire on the move-in day. I felt they "worked" to capture my business.

16-Jan-2018

Customer service was excellent with a knowledgable and friendly team on both of my visits.

Mr Geoffrey Ashton

15-Jan-2018

Friendly and efficient service and I wasn’t hassled to commit like I was by other storage providers. Would recommend!

Ms Alison Cole

08-Jan-2018

Mark is always friendly helpful and well informed and does everything with a smile

Mr Terence Ford

04-Jan-2018

Easistore made everything really easy and straightforward in a really difficult time. Thank you!

Miss Georgie Byne

18-Dec-2017

Great customer care and always available to help. The units are a good size with good ventilation and humidity monitored which was important for my storage needs.

Mr Brian Ngwenya

10-Dec-2017